and 'per square inch' among JWs that anywhere except the prisons.
Are Jehovah's Witness Leaders Psychopaths?
Danny Haszard thinks so!
|The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People
Traumatic Bonding « Victims and Survivors of Psychopaths
a few quotes that may apply:
"Psychopaths, often charming—but always deadly are social predators who charm, manipulate, and ruthlessly plow their way through life, leaving devastation behind. Completely lacking in conscience and in feelings for others, they take what they want and do as they please, violating social norms and expectations without the slightest sense of guilt or regret. Their game is self-gratification at the other person's expense. Many spend time in prison, but many do not. All take far more than they give.
"There are at least 2 million psychopaths in North America. New York itself has as many as 100,000 psychopaths. The most obvious expressions of psychopathy—but by no means the only ones—involve flagrant criminal violation of society's rules. Many psychopaths are criminals, but many others remain out of prison, using their charm and chameleonlike abilities to cut a wide swath through society and leaving a wake of ruined lives behind them. Like pieces of a puzzle they are a self-centered, callous, and remorseless person profoundly lacking in empathy and the ability to form warm emotional relationships with others, a person who functions without the restraints of conscience. They are missing the very qualities that allow human beings to live in social harmony. Psychopaths are most often associated with serial killers but rapists, thieves, swindlers, con men, wife beaters, white-collar criminals, hype-prone stock promoters, child abusers, gang members, disbarred lawyers, drug barons, professional gamblers, members of organized crime, doctors who've lost their licenses, terrorists, cult leaders, mercenaries, and unscrupulous businesspeople all can be considered psychopaths."
also from: http://www.cassiopaea.org/perseus/psychopath.htm
"PRIMARY PSYCHOPATHS do not respond to punishment, apprehension, stress, or disapproval. They seem to be able to inhibit their antisocial impulses most of the time, not because of conscience, but because it suits their purpose at the time. Words do not seem to have the same meaning for them as they do for us. In fact, it's unclear if they even grasp the meaning of their own words, a condition that Cleckley called 'semantic aphasia.' They don't follow any life plan, and it seems as if they are incapable of experiencing any genuine emotion.
"Sociopaths have always existed in varying form and to various degrees. They have been known by various titles. They have been studied using various techniques, and through the years their ailment has been blamed on various causes. But one thing never varies: all sociopaths share three common characteristics. They are all very egocentric individuals with no empathy for others, and they are incapable of feeling remorse or guilt. [The Sociopath Rebecca Horton (April 1999)]"
his "Adams Versus God," Melbourne broadcaster Phillip Adams said in
1985 that, according to US studies, "Jehovah's Witnesses are more likely to
be admitted to psychiatric hospitals than the general population".
"According to an article in the British Journal of Psychiatry," he said, "they are three times more likely to be diagnosed as suffering from schizophrenia and four times more likely to be paranoid schizophrenics.
"As a writer in the American journal Free Inquiry puts it: 'Either the Jehovah's Witness sect tends to attract an excess of pre-psychotic individuals who may then break down, or else being a Jehovah's Witness is itself a stress that may precipitate psychosis.
"'Possibly both of these factors operate together ...'"
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